Photography: Reeves in China during WWII

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Identifier: 16AARCH02
Richard Stone Reeves enlisted in the Navy in December 1941, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He spent 1944 and 1945 in China where he would sketch and paint during his free time.

A chance meeting in China with Lt. Commander Robert G. Johnson gave Reeves the start to his career as an equine painter. Johnson, who happened to be the president of Roosevelt Raceway, admired Reeves' artwork and discovered that his ambition was to paint racehorses. After the end of World War II, Johnson commissioned Reeves to paint six portraits for the Roosevelt Raceway.

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